The dinosaur fossil T. Rex Stan is auctioned for 27 million euros

The dinosaur fossil T. Rex Stan is auctioned for 27 million euros

It is almost four meters high and another twelve from the head to the last vertebra of the tail

The dinosaur fossil T. Rex Stan is auctioned for 27 million euros

The T. Rex Stan , a dinosaur fossil almost four meters high and another twelve from head to last vertebra of the tail, has swept this week at an auction held by Christie's in New York. Its price reached 31.8 million dollars (about 27 million euros), five times its estimated price.

Stan, scientifically named BHI 3033, has pulverized the calculations of experts, who had valued the T. Rex between 6 and 8 million dollars. In addition, it far exceeds the price paid in 1997 for Sue , considered the largest and most complete specimen of this animal, which reached 8.36 million dollars.

Stan's replicas, scattered all over the planet, have been seen by thousands of fans of paleontology and the world of dinosaurs. His auction lasted more than 15 minutes in a fierce battle between several buyers, which led to a hammer price of $ 27.5 million, plus taxes and fees.

“It is the best T. Rex that has been put up for auction since 1996,” the director of Science and Natural History at Christie's, James Hyslop, explained to Efe . The skeleton of this huge predator that lived 67 million years ago has been seen from September 16 to October 21 at Christie's New York offices, which can be accessed by making an appointment, although it can also be seen at street level through the showcase of their headquarters, between 48th and 49th streets in downtown Manhattan.

His story

Stan, named after its discoverer, Stan Sacrison , an amateur paleontologist who found his hip bones in the geological region of Hell Creek, in the state of South Dakota in 1987, was ignored at first when to be mistaken for a Triceratops, “which although it is also an exciting discovery, is a fossil that is quite common to find” in that region.

After being ignored for five years, in 1992 the amateur paleontologist contacted the Black Hills Geological Research Institute, which immediately determined that it was a specimen “of the main predator of its time, the late Cretaceous.”

After a year of excavation and a brief stay in Japan where it was moved for an exhibition, the original 188 bones of its robust skeleton, supported by a steel structure, have been on display since 1996 in the museum of the Black Hills Institute in Dakota. from the south. According to Hyslop, a complete T. rex skeleton is believed to be made up of about 300 pieces.

Other auctions

Along with the dinosaur, Christie's also auctioned a series of important pieces of modern and contemporary art on Tuesday, including the “Femme dans un fauteuil”, a representation of the muse of the painter Dora Maar, for more than 29.5 million dollars, so it was very close to reaching the maximum price that experts had estimated for the painting.

Likewise, the “Femme au chapeau” by the Malaga artist went on sale, which sold for more than nine million dollars, within what Christie's staff had calculated, as well as “Jeueur de flute et mangeur de pasteque”. for which a little more than five million were paid.

Other big sales were one of Mark Rothko's prized pieces, “Untitled,” for which about $ 31.3 million was paid, Cy Twombly's “Untitled (Bolsena), which fetched 38.6 million. dollars, and a Paul Cezanne watercolor, “Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier,” which set a world record for a work on paper by the artist at $ 28.6 million.

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